Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.
In the Blood combines a centuries-old mystery with a present-day thriller that brings two people from opposite sides of the Atlantic together to uncover a series of carefully hidden crimes. Tayte's research centres around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and will stop at nothing to find them.
In the Blood is the first in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series.
©2014 Steve Robinson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I had very high hopes for this book as I am a huge fan of the Dan Waddell series featuring genealogist Nigel Barnes and was looking for something similar. Maybe I set my expectations too high? The mystery itself was intriguing and had several layers which was a plus. I really enjoyed how there were scenes both in the present day and in the last. However, I had trouble connecting with Jefferson Tayte. I never really got to like him very much. I didn't hate him, but I didn't like him either. He didn't draw much emotion from me at all, except frustration several times when I thought he did some things and made some choices that weren't smart. I found myself yelling at him those times.
As far as the performance went, as much as I like Simon Vance's voice, I had a difficult time with him reading this book. His voice didn't fit right for me. I understand the choice of a British reader since the whole book (minus the very beginning) takes place in England, but it just threw me off because the main character is American and while the book is not a first person narrative, it still put me off-kilter a bit. Plus, I was not a fan of Mr. Vance's American accent. I did not like the voice he gave to Jefferson Tayte at all. His voices for all of the British characters were great but his voice for Tayte and the few other Americans were not good for me.
I switched back and forth between the audio and the kindle version and if I had to choose, I would probably lean towards the kindle version over the audio. It was worth the Whispersync price I paid but I'm glad I didn't spend a credit on it.
I didn't remember ordering this, I think it may have been a pre-order or something so I had no idea what to expect. The writing in this novel was SO good. I got the whisper sync for voice so I started reading the book first, I was taken aback by the beautiful writing. Started listening (time) and the plot moved along wonderfully, plenty of action. It was a great mystery.
First, I really wanted to love this book. The book reviews (Amazon) were excellent, and with Simon Vance narrating, what could go wrong? Well....the audible reviews weren't encouraging, but there were only a few so my hopes were high. The first half of the book was only ok, it was not very engaging with a lot of details without activity. However the second half the the book was really great. Plenty of action with a number of suspects, twists and turns. If I could, I would rate the first half of the book a 3 and the second half a 4 plus.
No. It was fast-paced but the plot was propelled forward by the simple-minded idiocy of the geneologist who never sees obvious danger and duplicity. Really strains credulity.
Yes. Simon Vance has a beautiful voice and s a wonderful reader. He reads the book very well; the material is just not up to his standards.
I have not seen the print version.All the info and reviews kept talking about this being a work of genealogy and I was afraid it would be stiff and technical or scientific - in other words confusing and/or boring. But, that wasn't the case at all. This is a fantastic book about a mystery about what happened to a family. There are some scenes that are silly - like the horror stories where someone doesn't call for help when any normal person would kind of thing. But there are just a couple of those moments in the entire book. I was also thrilled that the publisher was Amazon. Good on you Amazon. What a fantastic writer and story.BTW a note to the writer: The only mistake in the entire book was the reference to Tate feeling like he'd played knots and crosses? I think that's what you said. Whatever this thing is, it's not American.And as far as the performer goes - I didn't like him for the first 20 minutes or so, when the story first starts in America. His American accents are horrible (which is always the case with British actors vs. American actors trying to be either one). But, then the story moves to England, and his accent is perfect.
The unraveling of the mystery of what happened to a family many years ago was fantastic. Probably the best part was the reading of the diary finally found by the daughter of the first family.
Tate, of course.
I listened in two settings. The information for a complicated family tree was tricky to keep in my mind in one setting without a visual - without a paper copy. Plus the story got a bit far fetched at about the middle, because the main character was taking silly risks, where I don't think a normal person would - but would be common in a movie. So, I needed a break about 1/2 way through. But, the second half of the book started to reveal the mystery of the family history, and I became hooked to the end.
I haven't Googled the author yet, but I am assuming he is British. And the only mistake when describing an American was his reference to a game I never heard of, when he said the main character Tate, felt like he'd been playing a game of knots and ladders (I think that was the reference). This is not an American game that I know of anyway, but it was distracting. I found myself removed from the story, wondering what this reference was and being aware the that author had made a mistake in referencing a British game for an American character. It took a few minutes to lose myself in the story again. But, this was his only mistake, and very minor. Also, if you find the performer annoying at first, give it 30 minutes. His delivery is perfect once the story moves to England.
The voice was very pleasing to the ear. Unique story development. Something I had not heard before, I'm glad I tried it and am purchasing the next one in the series. It's not a horror story or rape story it's a good old fashion mystery. I've gotten away from the more violent thrillers, they all seem the same and they started keeping me awake at night. This type of book is excellent and no nightmares.
Wanna know frustration? Listening to a book that has you hook, line and sinker and the outside world wants your attention.
I mean, sometimes the point of listening to a book is to slide deep into another world while still washing the dishes or painting the wall. In the Blood was not something I was ok with pausing when the phone rang or someone knocked on the door.
The mystery unraveled with just the right timing. Even though I guessed a few of the smaller answers, the biggest mystery made for a fantastic surprise ending.
The characters were fairly well rounded. The MC is a man stubborn in the ways that men are stubborn, thinking that only he can find the answers.
For a mystery with just the right pacing and intrigue, this is the one.
I had only two issues with this audio book. One had to do with the content the second with the reading. The reading was actually excellent except that when edited there should have been longer gaps between changes in action/location.I found myself confused by the shift in who we were talking about.with respect to the content, I always have trouble when the protagonist chooses to go it alone rather than involve the police. It's especially frustrating when that someone is on the path to discovery, but chooses notto document what he has accomplished in the event that he is killed or something else occurs.The reader knows, obviously, that when the protagonist decides to go it alone, something will go wrong.as a reader, I just want to take that protagonist and shake him and say wake up idiot.
The protagonist was too stupid for words
Dance for the dead by Thomas Perry
He didn't get in the way, and his different characters sounded different from each other
the main character
The conflict proceeded with all the subtlety of pro wrestling. It was like the tv ad where people in horror movie make really bad decisions about where to hide.
I enjoyed this book. It's not mind-blowing, but it is well worth a listen and a great way to wile away the afternoon. I also really like the fact that they have used a British narrator despite the main character being American as the story isn't told from Jefferson's POV. In fact 99% of the book is set in Britain, and most of the characters are British, so I personally think it makes perfect sense to have the story narrated by a British narrator - plus it's really nice not to have to listen to the British accents and places being mangled by an American narrator, something that I have had to endure far to often as an Audible.co.uk customer.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and will probably get the next in the series.
Just the right mixture to keep the interest piqued. Facinating historical details, evocative descriptions of Cornwall and a detective thread based usually on genealogy.
JT swimming into the coastal cave.
Easy listening, well narrated, satisfying ending.
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